Namibia Triumph in ICC Intercontinental Cup

Namibia’s senior cricket team cruised to a convincing victory against Hong Kong in their first encounter in this year’s International Cricket Council (ICC) Intercontinental Cup in Windhoek on Wednesday.

The hosts went into the final day in a commanding position, only needing to prevent Hong Kong from scoring 303 runs, but also having to take 10 wickets.

Namibia were dealt a harsh blow prior to the match with Tiaan Snyman having torn his ankle ligaments the previous day during the team’s cool-down. This meant the hosts were a bowler short going into their attempt to bowl out the visitors.

Hong Kong got off to a very good start, and were 480 before the young and talented Christopher Coombe made a breakthrough.

Shortly after Coombe had taken another wicket, Bernhard Scholtz stepped into action with two more quick wickets. Wickets started to tumble at regular intervals with Scholtz grabbing another one while Burger snatched two and JJ Smit one.

With eight wickets down by teatime and only 139 runs on the board, it appeared the hosts had the match under wraps but there was to be a last stand from the Asians, as Haseeb Amjab and Eshan Nawaz made life difficult for the hosts.

The Namibians threw everything at Hong Kong, even trying out part-timer Raymond van Schoor but to no avail.

In a last-ditch attempt to claim victory, captain Nikolaas Scholtz took things into his own hands after scoring a fantastic 85 not out in the first innings followed by a quick-fire 29 not out in the 2nd innings.

He took two wickets from his first two balls, leading Namibia to victory, and giving the team their first intercontinental victory of the season.

In today’s action, the two nations will tackle each other in the first 50-over match of the World Cricket League.

Source : New Era